A 42-home cohousing community in Cambridge.


A 42-home cohousing community in Cambridge.

Marmalade Lane is Cambridge’s first cohousing community – a unique example of partnership-working between a developer and future residents.

Since 2015, TOWN and its partner Trivselhus, have been working with members of K1 Cohousing to deliver Marmalade Lane. Delivered on land owned by Cambridge City Council, with a design team led by Mole Architects, TOWN’s first built project was completed in late 2018. This new cohousing community consists of 42 homes with extensive shared facilities.

Community life

As an intergenerational cohousing community, Marmalade Lane is a neighbourhood where residents know one another and offer neighbourliness and mutual support. Community life is encouraged by its design: a car-free street where children can play safely, a large shared garden for food-growing and quiet contemplation and a common house with laundry facilities, workshop, guests rooms and a large hall for shared meals and parties.

Codesigned with residents

TOWN and Trivselhus were selected as development partners by K1 Cohousing and Cambridge City Council in 2015. With Mole Architects and the wider design team, TOWN worked directly with the future residents to turn their brief into a detailed design, with cohousing members and professionals collaborating closely through design workshops around themes such as housing design, common house, sustainability and shared outdoor spaces.

Sustainable construction

Designed following fabric-first principles and built using the Trivselhus closed timber panel construction, homes at Marmalade Lane are energy efficient and require minimal heating. Triple glazing, high levels of insulation and air tightness make homes more comfortable and energy bills lower. Renewable energy is provided by air source heat pumps.


Winner, RIBA East Awards, 2019

Shortlisted, Housing Design Awards 2018 & 2019

Winner, Cambridge Property Awards, 2016 & 2018

Shortlisted, Build-it Awards, 2017

A place with a difference

Homes at Marmalade Lane are laid out around a shared-space lane and a communal garden. Homes are privately owned, and almost all have private outdoor space, in addition to the extra communal spaces and facilities on offer. The Common House is a place for people to meet, eat and do their laundry. The shared garden a place for kids’ play and food growing. And the workshop is somewhere people can work, make stuff, and store tools.

Located in the modern neighbourhood of Orchard Park, north of Cambridge City Centre, Marmalade Lane benefits from its own stop on the Cambridge Busway giving fast, direct access to the City Centre, and from a network of cycle routes to the city centre and the nearby Cambridge Science Park. The development is close to Junction 32 of the A14 and will have easy access to the new Cambridge North railway station.

If you’d like to find out more about Marmalade Lane, please download the brochure, visit the Marmalade Lane website, or head over to the website of K1 Cohousing for more information about how to become a part of this exciting development.

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